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Rohnert Park man arrested in slow-speed hit-and-run collisions

Police say a 44-year-old Rohnert Park man was arrested Friday after deliberately crashing into two drivers in what he said was a bid to get the government's attention.

It was the third arrest for Fahim Jooya in seven weeks and included a charge for suspicion of driving under the influence of a stimulant, police said.

No one was injured, and the collisions were at slow speeds, Rohnert Park Public Safety Sgt. Eric Matzen said.

Jooya previously was arrested Nov. 2 for being under the influence and in possession of an illegal stimulant, Matzen said.

On Nov. 18 he was arrested on suspicion of violating probation after a local pastor reported Jooya threatened to do harm to local Muslims, saying "he wanted to kill a mullah a day," Matzen said. He has since been ordered to stay away from mosques.

On Friday, police were notified of an apparent hit-and-run crash shortly after 2 p.m. involving a white Mercedes coupe near Golf Course and Country Club drives in Rohnert Park. Witnesses saw the Mercedes heading west on Golf Course Drive and into the Mountain Shadows Apartments about a mile away, police said.

While responding, officers received another report of a hit-and-run involving a similar car in the parking lot of the Double Decker bowling alley nearby, authorities said.

An officer who confronted Jooya in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he lives said Jooya admitted intentionally hitting the two vehicles to get attention.

He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and violation of probation, police said.

Jooya remained in Sonoma County Jail on Saturday, with bail set at $21,000, jail personnel said.

(You can reach Staff Writer Mary Callahan at 521-5249 or mary.callahan@pressdemocrat.com.)


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